The InstaCert Food Handler certificate is currently accepted in:
It’s easy — all you need to do is complete the online course and pass the final exam within 30 days from when you register. The course consists of 4 units and each unit contains a series of lessons. The final exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions and you’ll have one hour to complete it and score 70% or higher.
You can request your certificate as soon as you pass your final exam. Typically, you will receive your certificate by email within one hour.
Yes, the Food Handler Certification course is delivered fully online and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The online exam, which is supervised by a certified proctor, requires a webcam and stable internet connection.
The course is comprised of 4 units and each unit contains a series of lessons. At the end of each lesson, you’ll complete a multiple choice quiz consisting of 10 multiple choice questions. You need to score 100% on each quiz to unlock the next lesson, but don’t worry — you have an unlimited number of attempts for each quiz and quizzes don’t count toward your final grade. You can even use course notes or any other resource when attempting the quizzes.
Once all units and quizzes are complete, you will be able to write the final exam.
The InstaCert Food Handler Certification course divides all the information required by Canadian food safety laws into four simple units that each contain a series of lessons:
Unit 1: Understanding food safety
Lesson 1: Understanding food contamination
Lesson 2: Food-borne illness & allergy management
Lesson 3: Food safety laws & responsibilities
Unit 2: Preventing food-borne illness
Lesson 4: Personal hygiene & workplace behaviour
Lesson 5: Time & temperature control
Lesson 6: Cleaning & sanitizing
Lesson 7: Maintaining food premises & equipment
Unit 3: Working with food safely
Lesson 8: Purchasing, receiving & storing food safely
Lesson 9: Preparing food safely
Lesson 10: Serving & dispensing food safely
Unit 4: Managing your food safety plan
Lesson 11: Managing your food safety plan
Yes, you have 30 days from the time you register to complete the course and to complete the final exam. To find out when your course expires, go to the ‘My Courses’ tab on your course dashboard.
Once your course expires, you will not be able to request an exam, so make sure you complete the course and exam within the 30-day period.
We’ve tried to keep the course as simple as possible to accommodate for all types of learners. To complete the course, you'll only need basic skills in:
The course typically takes students 8 hours to complete. You don’t need to complete the entire course at once – you can start and stop as many times as you want. The software will remember where you left off so you can easily continue when you log back in.
You have 30 days from the day you registered to complete the course, including writing the final exam. The final exam takes up to one hour to complete.
Your final exam will be supervised remotely by a certified proctor via a webcam on your computer. There’s no need to schedule your exam in advance as sessions are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You’ll have 60 minutes to complete the final exam which consists of 50 questions and you must score at least 70% to pass. The test is a closed-book assessment which means that you can’t refer to the course, course notes or any other resources during the exam.
When writing the exam, be sure you're in a quiet room with no people and put away any headphones, cell phones, electronic devices, notebooks or papers.
You have unlimited attempts at the exam before the course expiry date. However, if you are found to have cheated on your exam, you will be removed from the course and will need to re-enrol and pay for a new course.
To write the exam you will need:
When you click on 'Begin Final Exam' you will be connected to a proctor who will validate your photo ID and make sure all the exam conditions listed above are met. When they’re satisfied, you may begin.
The proctor will observe you through a webcam while you take the exam. Headphones, notes, external monitors and cell phones are not permitted during the exam. You are not allowed to talk to others, leave the room or take notes.
If you’re suspected of cheating, your exam will be canceled. If you still need to complete the exam, you will have to repurchase the course again in full.
To dispel any suspicions of cheating, make sure:
If you are unable to pass the final exam on your first try, you will be able to retake the exam as many times as needed for free as long as:
If you need to write the exam after your 30-day course access has expired, you will need to repurchase the course in full. Please contact us for more details.
To complete the InstaCert course, you will need:
Access to a computer or laptop (with internet access)
Our lessons can be viewed on any device, including mobile and tablet devices; however, we recommend that the quizzes at the end of each lesson are completed on a computer or laptop to help you view and select answers easily. The final exam must be completed on a computer or laptop with a built-in camera or webcam.
A modern web browser
An email address
During the registration process, you’ll be asked to supply an email address. This is a mandatory requirement for you to be able to access our systems. Email addresses cannot be shared between students.
Adobe PDF Reader or Adobe Acrobat
As part of the course, you’re provided with a downloadable resource kit with course notes. To access these, you’ll need to have Adobe PDF Reader or Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer. Get a free download of the latest version of Adobe PDF Reader.
If you have any technical issues with purchasing the course, accessing the course or course material or attempting the final exam, please contact us and we’ll be more than happy to assist.
We’ve designed our course to accommodate as many requirements as possible and have tried to make it accessible for students with disabilities and special language or literacy needs. Please contact us with any concerns and we’ll do our best to accommodate any special requirements.
Instructors are available to provide students with assistance by email. If you require assistance, please send us your question via the contact us page.
All InstaCert instructors hold qualifications in both food safety and adult education, and are happy to assist students throughout the course.
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